Yield: Makes about 1 cup
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 cup warm water
1 cup pecan halves
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Preheat oven to 350F.
Stir together ¼ cup of the sugar and the warm water until sugar dissolves. Add pecans; soak 10 minutes. Drain and discard liquid.
Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, chili powder, and red pepper in a large bowl. Add the pecans and toss to coat well. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake pecans for 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring halfway through.